Stork Bites, ‘Angel Kisses’, On Babies Face!
Stork Bites: ‘Angel Kisses’. What Do You Think About Them?
16 wks. 2 days
Today, I’m bringing up a subject I never heard about before I had my twins, or have thought much about since having them, until today. Stork Bites. To me, both girls were so beautiful & perfect, and I was always just so elated to have healthy, full term babies, those little red marks, didn’t really cross my mind much.
When I took a video of my girls the other day, is when I really noticed them, on Alessandra especially, only because of this unusual looking ‘V’ shape that they happened to make. The Dr. said that they are stork bites, and they fade away most usually in the 1st year, now I read online, in two years and sometimes they never go away fully. I don’t know which the truth is, my girls are so small, but Annie has a few on her eyelids and one above the eyelid, that has already been fading, and Allie, has them on her lids to, and that V shape pattern on her forehead, that gets especially red and dark, when she strains, cries, etc, but is always ‘there’, just more apparent, when she Exerts herself, I guess you could say. They both have the same red birthmarks on the back of their necks, that I find adorable, because all of my husband’s kids have them. It’s like a built in DNA test of sorts:) Don’t know if that is a stork bite, but it’s cute in my opinion, even Mikayla has 1.
Whelp, I just finished up reading a little bit about this, and saw others also describing the V pattern above the eyes, on the forehead, so it seems not so uncommon. 1/3 of babies have stork bites, so chances are more of us were born with them, then we even know, I would assume. My other 3, I do not recall any facial marks on, but to a mother regardless, her newborn is so perfect and beautiful, we tend to not notice these things until others do, and it’s pointed out to us, and made more obvious.
In my reading today, I came across a poll of who would have them removed for their child. I’m pretty astounded that in this quite superficial day and age, there was only 4% of mom’s, who would opt to have them removed, I’m guessing via painless lasers. I myself had a couple veins on my nose removed via laser as an adult of course, just because they bothered me personally, not that anybody else ever said anything or noticed them, so I am not anti-self improvement, but we are talking about children here. A different ball of wax. So what would you do? Or what have you done, if your child’s stork bites have stuck around, out-staying their welcome, and was truly bothersome (meaning others were pointing, laughing, you know things ignorant people tend to do?)
Honestly, this is a toughie for me, I guess because of my own past. Let me explain. When I was 5, I almost died from a severe case, of a very rare disease, called Reyes’ syndrome. I was baking in my own skin, fever wise, my organs were starting to shut down, and I was not expected to survive. My parents were completely prepared for my demise. Back then, such a severe case was always lethal, and of course they tried in any way they could to save me, used every medication, etc., and of course, by the grace and miracle of our Almighty God, I am obviously quite alive today, but the medication they gave me, at that young age, caused severe and permanent, discoloration, and dark orange spots on my upper and lower front teeth. Now of course for my life, that is a small price to pay, however as I grew older, it didn’t seem so ‘small’.
In school my teeth were a great source of sorrow and woe for me, as I was a wonderful, lovely, funny, smart girl, but all people ever noticed were my teeth and made jokes at me all the time, like I obviously didn’t brush them, I had something stuck to them, and they called me names, I would now like to forget, but can’t say that I have, and it was something I personally had no control over, and it upset me greatly.
My mom said since the age of 7, I had asked her to make it go away, but it wasn’t until just shy of my 14th birthday, that my teeth finally got bonded. My thoughts at that point, was like MOM WHY THE HECK DID IT TAKE YOU SO DANG LONG? Though life certainly didn’t turn ‘perfect’, it was by far better, and my teeth became something I no longer had to think about…I could smile freely again, which was nice. Case in point, it was an enormous help to my self-esteem, which growing up, especially in the world today, is very fragile, and extremely important.
I know what it’s like to be scrutinized for flaws in the appearance department, so it makes me much more sensitive to the thought of the same occurring to any of my own children, but would I have lasers done to my infant/ toddler? No I would not, but at a later date, if it was still there and I noticed people upsetting my child over it, and it was holding him/her back in life, well then, you would have to re-ask the question of would I, at that moment in time, of my child hurting, and I’m sure it would turn to a yes. No mother wants to see her child suffer, in any way, shape or form.
There are things that do make us the people that we are, and make us stand out as individuals, that we certainly should NOT want to change, so it truly is a tough call, but by far there are many, many, many, many worse things in the world then these little red blotches. I feel so incredibly lucky to have two beautiful, and normal, healthy, radiant children, after all the worrying I did throughout the entire pregnancy, so, this all seems very trivial, but since the subject of stork bites in general, had passed through my mind today, I was curious to what you all think, and if your child had them or has them, do they fade, when if so did you notice your child’s fading (Seems online, many mom’s are curious, and in the same boat?). Would you ever consider removing them if it harmed your child emotionally?
Ok enough for now, I got to go kiss my pumpkins!! Today is a beautiful day..ENJOY IT, but stay cool. I can tell it’s going to be a scorcher!